It’s not the only cause of ill health or diabetes

My granny had about hundred cousins! ! It’s not so surprising. At those times ,about a century ago, parents had more than half a dozen children, they further had their families which resulted in so many cousins and siblings. But the amazing fact is that the healthier individuals among them had their average age of eighty-five. I can recall, when I was a child, there were occasional get together and people used to enjoy the meals. Some of them ate about a dozen sweets in few minutes. They didn’t suffer from hypertension, diabetes or these trendy diseases. Both of my grandparents had a natural death due to old age and most of their siblings are healthy otherwise. Few of them inherited diabetes or hypertension from their parents. But the rest were healthy till they lived.

The reason for their good health was that they didn’t knew much about the technology and ate everything that was available at those times. But unfortunately, the availability was lesser than the recent years. They had sugar , fried foods , snacks and savoury but it was not available in the market. Nothing was processed or refined so the snacks and all had to prepare at home. With so many mouths to feed the portion lessened. Now we have more money than them and lesser people to feed and we can have the big portion for ourselves. We can blame the normal sugar or wheat or rice for our bad health and can indulge on chips , diet foods , ice cream, packets of ready to cook and eat. So ,Is the sugar , the main culprit or something else?

Does consumption of sugar in tea or coffee leads to high blood sugar levels? Not exactly. We consume “hidden sugar ” through many food items. But eating sugar doesn’t lead to diabetes or high blood sugar.

So what is Diabetes ?

Diabetes or Diabetes Mellitus means diabetes =flow through; mel =honey is a chronic metabolic disorder with a strong hereditary basis associated with high blood sugar and usually with a passage of sugar in the urine.

Classification of Diabetes –

Insulin Dependent Diabetes Mellitus (IDDM)

Non Insulin Dependent Diabetes Mellitus (NIDDM)

Malnutrition related Diabetes Mellitus (MRDM)

Fibrocalculous Diabetes Mellitus (FCDM)

Protein Deficient Diabetes Mellitus (PDDM)

Impaired Glucose Tolerance (IGT)

Gestational Diabetes Mellitus (GDM)

The meal should be planned according to the type of diabetes and the herbs and supplements should be taken under the supervision of medical professionals.

Healthy, natural food along with physical activity is best advised. The information on the food packaging is important so it is better to check the labels while shopping.

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